Friday 08 January 2021
“But the LORD told Gideon, “There are still too many! Bring them down to the spring, and I will test them to determine who will go with you and who will not.” – Judges 7:4 NLT
We are all very familiar with the story of Gideon and how GOD used him to deliver Israel from its enemies. Gideon had thousands of soldiers ready to go to war, although they were outnumbered four to one, they still believed that they could win. Had they won with this number most of them would have attributed the win to their own abilities. GOD knew this and He decided to sift from this great number until they were reduced to three hundred men. No one could have even anticipated such a small number could defeat the Midianites. In the above scripture, we see that GOD tested the men to decide which ones He could use. A great move of GOD is usually preceded by testing that separates the ones GOD can use from the ones that He can’t use. It’s the sifting that reveals the true motives of people and exposes their hearts.
Christ instructed the disciples to wait for the promise of the Holy Spirit. It was a tense and dangerous period and many could not wait on the LORD. Most gave in to fear and dispersed, forfeiting the Gift that was to come. This was a very crucial moment for the Church and many couldn’t partake because they had better things to do. Like in Gideon’s time GOD preceded His great move with a test. I, personally, believe that the Church is going through a season of testing and sifting. How we respond will expose our hearts and determine whether we partake or forfeit what GOD is doing in this season. I’m not saying it’s easy or it comes naturally to endure the testing but what I am saying is that the price is worth the sacrifice (Hebrews 12:2). It’s like childbirth, the expectant mother is in anguish yet she knows that the reward is at the end. She doesn’t pretend that the pain is absent, but accepts that it’s necessary before she enjoys the reward (James 2:2).
The testing and the sifting have to take their course and we can’t circumvent the process. We just need to encourage one another when we see others discouraged and falling off. This is how we show that we are one and that an injury to one is an injury to all. We can all agree that the process is challenging and at times unbearable, but we know who our GOD is. And we know that He is still seated on His throne and that He is still faithful (Psalm 126:5).
The testing and the sifting have to take their course and we can’t circumvent the process because it’s the sifting that reveals the true motives of people and exposes their hearts